John Carver points to just two positives after ‘lucky’ draw with Burnley

OWN GOAL ... Paul Dummett.
OWN GOAL ... Paul Dummett.

JOHN Carver admitted Newcastle United were lucky to take a point from Burnley – after a disastrous start to the New Year.

Newcastle were held to a 3-3 draw at St James’s Park yesterday.

George Boyd scored an 86th-minute equaliser Burnley, but Carver, put in temporary charge after Alan Pardew’s departure for Crystal Palace, felt the team were fortunate.

Sean Dyche’s spirited team also struck the woodwork FOUR times.

United had been dominant before break and led 2-1 at the break thanks to goals from Steven Taylor and Jack Colback.

But Burnley fought back strongly after the break, and Danny Ings levelled in the 66th minute.

Moussa Sissoko restored Newcastle’s lead before Boyd’s late intervention.

Carver told Dyche that he felt his team was lucky after the final whistle.

“They caused us lots of problems, and I’m sitting here disappointed because we were so good in the first half but so poor in the second,” said assistant manager Carver.

“We’ve actually got away with a point – we didn’t deserve that.

“I said that to Sean after the game, and I think he thought I was saying we should have won the game, but no, by no means.

“Burnley should have won the game. I’ve got two positives – the 45 minutes from the first half and the fact that we haven’t lost the game.”

Burnley’s first goal came from the head of Newcastle defender Paul Dummett, whose attempt headed backpass sailed past Jak Alnwick.

“We gifted them a goal with an individual error, but that individual has been outstanding for us this season,” said Carver.

“He’s come from nowhere, he’s a local lad and he’s been at left-back and centre-back and been fantastic.

“I will never have a go at him. It’s an error, and he knows he’s made a mistake, but he’ll on from that situation.”